Bob Dylan got The Beatles high on marijuana, says Sir Paul McCartney

The Beatles were introduced to marijuana by Bob Dylan in a New York hotel – Sir Paul McCartney has revealed.

The Fab Four were relaxing in their suite of rooms when Dylan arrived.

Bob Dylan

Sir Paul recalled:

“It was at the Delmonico Hotel on Park Avenue and 59th in New York City in August 1964.

“We were in a hotel room, all being good lads having our Scotch and Coke – it was an after-party, I think.

“Dylan arrived and he went into the bedroom with his roadie.

“Ringo went along to see what was up.

“So, he finds Dylan rolling up and he has a toke.

“He came back in and we said, ‘What was it like?’

“Ringo says, ‘The ceiling is kind of moving down…’

“We all ran into the backroom going, ‘Give us a bit, give us a bit!’

“So that was the very first evening we ever got stoned.”


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Philip Braund spent 16 years at the Daily Mirror as a reporter and news editor before moving to ITV. He was the series producer of the ground-breaking investigation programme The Cook Report, Managing Editor at ITV’s Millbank Studios, and Head of News at ITV Central. He has won national and regional Royal Television Society awards for documentaries.